Originally Posted by Max Capacity
So it comes down to, how do you keep people from doing stupid things?
That's like asking how you make gold from straw.
Kids see pros and experts on tv throwing crazy stuff, not realizing how skilled these guys are, how much they've practiced (into foam/water etc) and think they can go out and huck like that.
My favorite thing in terrain parks is the jumps. When we were in JH a couple years back our whole group had a lot of stupid, silly fun doing repeated runs at the end of the day through their little terrain park. The jumps were wonderfully shaped and you could clear the table top and then some -- and yes, you had to control your speed to not land below the downgrade of the landing zone.
If ski areas remove jumps, kids will build them anyway. Frankly I think rails are a lot more dangerous -- at least for me. I hate those things.
I suppose if ski resorts are going to build jumps, there ought to be some kind of standards they can use to guide them. But the ultimate responsibililty has to reside with the rider/skier to scope out the jump, approach it with some caution and reason, understand the feel of the jump and the landing zone. That stuff can change daily with snow conditions, number of riders, etc. Anyone who hucks a jump without a test run or two is taking a bigger risk than is necessary. It's not a backcountry run where they have one shot at it.
Personal responsibility, we can't has it -- not yours. It's so much easier to blame someone else for our bad choices, hurt feelings, and failed aspirations. So many people want, even when they dont' deserve.
I think the next time I cut myself with a knife I'm going to sue the knife manufacturer for not making the knife safer.